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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Heather J.R. Priest, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXXVIII, No. 17

Friday, April 20, 2012

125TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ch. 618 - An Act To Amend the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law and the Open Space Tax Law. (H.P. 844, L.D. 1138)

Ch. 619 - An Act To Evaluate the Harvesting of Timber on Land Taxed under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. (S.P. 459, L.D. 1470)

Ch. 620 - An Act To Promote a Qualified Logging Workforce and Ensure an Adequate Wood Supply for Maine Mills. (S.P. 428, L.D. 1383)

Ch. 621 - An Act To Correct Inconsistencies and Ambiguities in the Maine Guaranteed Access Reinsurance Association Act. (H.P. 1254, L.D. 1702)

Ch. 622 - An Act To Facilitate Rapid Response by Out-of-state Businesses to State Disasters. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1357, L.D. 1836)

Ch. 623 - An Act To Reform Telecommunications Regulation. (H.P. 1309, L.D. 1784)

Ch. 624 - An Act To Allow Abatement of Property Taxes Due to Hardship. (H.P. 1389, L.D. 1878)

Ch. 625 - An Act To Establish the Dairy Improvement Fund. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 653, L.D. 1869)

Ch. 626 - An Act To Protect Firearm Ownership during Times of Emergency. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1377, L.D. 1859)

Ch. 627 - An Act To Rename the Maine Jobs Council as the State Workforce Investment Board and Make Changes to Its Structure. (S.P. 655, L.D. 1874) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 628 - An Act To Ensure Funding for the Victims' Compensation Fund. (H.P. 1362, L.D. 1841) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 629 - An Act To Amend the Liquor Laws of the State. (S.P. 667, L.D. 1889) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 630 - An Act To Ensure the State's Authority over the Operation of Gambling Activities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 657, L.D. 1880)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 13, 2012

Ch. 631 - An Act Relating to Navigators under Health Benefit Exchanges. (H.P. 1098, L.D. 1497)

Ch. 632 - An Act To Protect Gasoline Marketers from Liability for Selling Federally Approved Gasoline. (S.P. 557, L.D. 1658)

Ch. 633 - An Act To Create Efficiencies in the Administration and Enforcement of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (H.P. 1312, L.D. 1787)

Ch. 634 - An Act To Promote Transparency in Government. (S.P. 624, L.D. 1806) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 635 - An Act To Ensure Effective Teaching and School Leadership. (H.P. 1376, L.D. 1858) (Governor's Bill)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 636 - An Act To Expand the Notification Requirements of the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002. (S.P. 642, L.D. 1848)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 637 - An Act To Improve Efficiency Maine Trust Programs To Reduce Heating Costs and Provide Energy Efficient Heating Options for Maine's Consumers. (S.P. 649, L.D. 1864) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ch. 638 - An Act Relating to Rating on the Basis of Group Size in the Small Group Health Insurance Market. (S.P. 569, L.D. 1670)

Ch. 639 - An Act To Ensure Notification to Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking When Defendants Are Released on Bail. (H.P. 1295, L.D. 1760)

Ch. 640 - An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic Violence. (H.P. 1381, L.D. 1867) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 641 - An Act To Restore Departmental Management over Costs of State-paid Child Care. (S.P. 671, L.D. 1894) (Governor's Bill)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 642 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Stakeholder Group To Review the Maine State Grant Program. (S.P. 680, L.D. 1908)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ch. 643 - An Act To Standardize the Definition of "Independent Contractor". (H.P. 960, L.D. 1314)

Ch. 644 - An Act To Amend the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1290, L.D. 1749)

Ch. 645 - An Act To Strengthen the Unemployment Insurance Laws and Reduce Unemployment Fraud. (S.P. 589, L.D. 1725)

Ch. 646 - An Act To Create Excise Tax Equity and Consistency for Buses. (H.P. 1251, L.D. 1699)

Ch. 647 - An Act To Review and Restructure the Workers' Compensation System. (H.P. 1417, L.D. 1913)

Ch. 648 - An Act To Simplify the Certificate of Need Process and Lessen the Regulatory Burden on Providers. (S.P. 681, L.D. 1909)

Ch. 649 - An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1412, L.D. 1907) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ch. 650 - An Act To Encourage Enrollment in Electrical Education Programs. (H.P. 1353, L.D. 1833)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ch. 26 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Bingham Water District and To Direct That Certain Issues Be Studied. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1363, L.D. 1842)

Ch. 27 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority. (H.P. 1403, L.D. 1901)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ch. 28 - An Act To Allow the Town of Fort Kent To Create a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District Using the Current Assessed Value of the Downtown. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1414, L.D. 1910)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ch. 156 - Resolve, To Create a License Plate To Recognize the 2014 World Acadian Congress. (H.P. 1220, L.D. 1611)

Ch. 157 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 30: Maine Uniform Accounting and Auditing Practices for Community Agencies, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1404, L.D. 1902)

Ch. 158 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a Major Substantive Rule of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1410, L.D. 1906)

Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 106, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649. Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@legislature.maine.gov . Please include your mailing address as we can not mail bill text electronically.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/billtexts.

Bill status information is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.